Salt Lake City, Utah- (News4Utah) – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is in Utah for Pioneer Day.
He’ll address the crowd at the Days of 47 Rodeo, but that’s not likely the only point of business he has here in the Beehive State.
He’s here as we pause to reflect and honor those who came before us to lay the foundation.
As the head of state, Governor Gary Herbert says the pioneer spirit guides him often.
“We all have an opportunity to have our batteries recharged on the 24th of July. Remember the legacy and the great heritage we have as a state, and what can we do to continue that heritage and smooth out the trail a little bit better for those who come after us,” said Herbert, (R) Utah.
The governor is thrilled to have Zinke here as part of this year’s celebration.
“This is unprecedented. It’s not unprecedented that the secretary of the interior come to Utah, but what is unprecedented is he’s bringing a proclamation from the president of the United States recognizing the heritage we have as a state,” Herbert said.
Sources tell News4Utah that’s not the secretary’s only purpose in Utah.
He’s interested in moving BLM headquarters out west, and Utah may be the place.
“I think there’s a great possibility. I think they’d like to have it here. I know they have told me with two stops from Washington D.C. Meaning you could fly to Salt Lake, then fly to Cedar City for example. You’d be two stops, close to public lands, close to the national parks,” Herbert said.
That doesn’t mean Zinke will be making that major announcement Tuesday night, but this trip is possibly another step in the process.
Governor Herbert says the move would make a lot of sense.
“Closer to where their lands are, so they can get an up-close and personal understanding of the public lands and the impact it has for the nation, the impact it has for states, the impact it has on local governments.”
Secretary Zinke is expected to make his remarks out at the State Fairgrounds at 7:50 p.m.
News4Utah will have a crew there to bring you the latest details.